Woman Delivering a Letter; Parody of Rikiya Delivering Kaoyo's Letter to Yuranosuke at the ichiriki Teahouse in Act VII of Chûshingura
Artist Utagawa Toyokuni I (Japanese, 1769–1825)
Vertical ôban; 33.1 x 22.8 cm (13 1/16 x 9 in.)
Medium or Technique
Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper
Not On View
Possibly one sheet of an incomplete triptych
The woman reaching for the letterbox wears an apron (suggesting that she is a teahouse waitress) with the emblem of Ôboshi Yuranosuke, the main hero of the Chûshingura story. She carries a fan with the “kangiku” crest of the Sawamura acting family, but no actors are shown in this sheet; however, if it is one sheet of a triptych, they may have been on the missing sheets.
Censor's seal: kiwame
No publisher's mark
Given by Frank Lloyd Wright to William S. and John T. Spaulding; December 1, 1921, given by William S. and John T. Spaulding to the Museum.
William S. and John T. Spaulding Collection